Pagan Blog Project – P is for the Power in Words

The Spring Witch – George Wilson

Words are powerful. As a magical person, and someone who adores language and finding out where words come from and how they’ve evolved, I enjoy the poetry, emotion, images words can convey. Each word can mean something different to each person. Some words you’ll have have learned from books, and you’ll always remember how the characters in that book reacted and behaved when those words were read. Or how the scenery being painted with words made you feel. Words are a beautiful thing, and although English isn’t exactly the most lovely sounding of languages (I say this as a singer having to use some of the not so nice sounding vowels in English when sung), with our ever-growing vocabulary, we can describe the same situation in a thousand different ways, each conveying a slightly different picture.

Words can make others perceive you in all sorts of different ways. If you continue expanding your vocabulary (simply done if you read lots of books), others will consider you more intelligent as you are able to more accurately describe what you are talking about, and in a more colourful manner. Isn’t that the point of words in the first place, to describe something as accurately as possible? Having a smaller vocabulary limits the ways that you can portray your experiences and the world around you, and even how you understand said experiences and observations.

Writers, poets, bards, and story-tellers of all sorts choose words to evoke wonder, laughter, inspiration, and generally a plethora of emotions. Along with these, they choose words that will excite and keep a reader/listener’s ear, hanging on every word. So too should one who holds rites for the Gods strive to provide a riveting narrative for Them, and for those involved in your rituals. Words are art, and the proper combinations of words can evoke strong reactions, strong emotions, strong energies to use and make manifest that which you, the Gods, and your ritual group (if you have one) desire.

This holds true when you interact with people in the mundane world, even if others don’t believe in magic, we can all collectively agree that there is a power in all the arts, and here is where silence can be useful. Silence of the mouth and the mind allows you to openly listen to others’ stories, to imagine them, and allow them to just speak what’s on their mind, exciting, sad, happy, or otherwise. Taking time to mull through how you feel about things, thus remaining silent until you are ready to put your idea out there is also very useful. We live in a world of instantaneous satisfaction, reaction, communication, and sometimes that is not a good thing. Some things require time and reflection. Then you gather your words to let who you need to know what your call is. Excitement can push us to share incoherently our stories, but taking the time to truly recreate your experience in words is rewarding not only for those you tell the story, but for you, as you will have created a magical art for yourself.

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